Athletes of Color like Colin Kaepernick are often in no-win situations, he knew there was going to be backlash & he made a stand anyways.
— Ashleigh? (@AshleighBullock) August 27, 2016
Here he is making that “stand” (by taking a seat):
— Will Reeve Jr. (@WillReeveJr) August 27, 2016
And Kaepernick offered his own explanation as well, saying:
“I won’t show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
But then ESPN commentators got involved… In a brief exchange, one of them explained what he viewed as the real reason for Colin Kaepernick’s social activism:
“This really began, if you trace back his social awareness, to Donald Trump – way back at the end of last year – taking a look at Muslim immigration, maybe banning it or taking a hard look at limiting that. And that’s where you started to see Colin Kaepernick’s social activity begin.”
Kaepernick’s Instagram account tells a slightly different story, however. The first in a long line of “social commentary” photos was posted 45 weeks ago, in October of 2015:
His first post predated Trump’s call for a complete ban of Muslim immigration by nearly two full months.
Another ESPN commentator, Pablo Torre, attempted to tie Trump to Kaepernick’s actions as well. He tweeted this after Kaepernick’s anthem antics broke the internet:
Hell of a morning for people who can't stand criticism of America while unironically wearing Make America Great Again hats
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) August 27, 2016
Donald Trump has yet to make any comment on Kaepernick’s actions.